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July 5, 2016

Members: Tell Legislators You Support the LCFS

The Coalition is asking all members to send letters to the Assembly and Senate leadership supporting the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. “We’re hearing that the program is on the negotiating table as a potential bargaining chip in extending AB 32,” said Coalition President Thomas Lawson. “We’re asking members to let the Legislature know how the LCFS has contributed to GHG reductions and helped their businesses.” Several members have already written letters; see examples from Clean Energy, Agility Fuel Systems, and Applied LNG.

UCLA Study Shows Cap-and-Trade Policy Helps Low-Income Residents

California cap-and-trade policy is effectively shielding low-income residents from associated compliance costs, according to a study by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. The study estimates the combined benefit of electricity savings and climate credits for low-income utility consumers at $215–$246 cumulatively, from 2015 to 2020. The cumulative benefit for natural gas customers is $44–$83, and for gasoline users, there is an indirect net benefit of about $350–$700. The study looked at four disadvantaged communities in the cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Bernardino, and the town of Traver in Tulare County.

SCAQMD Reorganizes, Citing Increased Transparency and Efficiency

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has reorganized to improve operational efficiency and “make us more accountable to the public through increased transparency and efficiency,” according to the district’s press release. SCAQMD made four executive moves: Jill Whynot, assistant deputy executive officer for Planning and Rules, will become chief operating officer. Michael O’Kelly, chief financial officer, will take on the newly formed position of chief administrative officer, overseeing the Finance, Information Management, and Administrative and Human Resources divisions. Laki Tisopulos will take over as deputy executive officer of the Engineering Division, and Derrick Alatorre will be promoted from assistant deputy executive officer to deputy executive officer of the Legislative and Public Affairs Division.

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